My Body Image Story
By: Raychel Chumley
It all started with a night out with friends and a chocolate martini…
*Gentlemen this is your warning we will be talking about ladies undergarments in this post…we will not feel bad if you check out now. 😉
Anyway, we were chatting like besties do and before long we got on the topic body image. Specifically my body image and my well-loved gray sweatpants, decades old bras, and non matching underwear.
Needless to say my girlfriend (*cough* MANDY ;)) was horrified at my lack of imagination and immediately offered to take me on a shopping spree to spruce up my comfy clothes and my undergarments. Apparently she knew a Victoria who had a Secret I needed to get in on.
I readily agreed. Because I really did have the ugliest pair of gray sweatpants that were 3 sizes too big and I wore them constantly. I told her I would need baby steps but I was ready to make some changes.
The truth is, back then, I thought I was completely comfortable with my body.
I was sure I had completely accepted how it had changed after I had my 3 children. But, I when I got home that night I remember I couldn’t help thinking I was not as comfortable with my body as I thought I was. I couldn’t remember the last time I put something cute, or flattering, or even a little revealing and thought I looked good in it.
I never realized that I had a body image issue that resulted in me not taking care of myself in other areas. When I started looking into what the Bible said about health and taking care of our physical bodies I was surprised at what I found.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:2-3
We are not to be only concerned with our inner beauty and well-being we are to be conserved with our physical bodies, too! I wasn’t taking care of my body well at all. And that night everything changed.
That was 5 years ago.
And, my body image has changed significantly since then. Why? Because I got intentional about making myself a priority. Making my health a priority. Making my spirit and soul and emotions a priority. It didn’t happen over night and there was a lot of backtracking, and falling down, and picking myself back up again.
But I can honestly say I am not the same girl I was 5 years ago. I am confident in my body now and I take care of it the best I can.
If you can identify with my story; and, you too find yourself struggling with your body image or just unsure on how to take care of yourself the best way possible, I encourage you to join me at the Beautiful Wholeness event.
We will spend some time in the afternoon teaching how to prioritize YOU in your schedule. You will leave with an action plan (and a few belly laughs!) that applies to YOUR unique family and needs. You won’t want to miss this!
See you there!